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The plain building at 3849 West Mason St. housing the shops of L & E Machine and Dick Poquette Auto Repair will have a new tenant Jan. 1
SOBIECK TO TAKE OVER L&E MACHINE
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The original participants of the Poquette Family Golf Outing.
arl Poquette Jr. has decided that it is time for him to hang it up. Poquette along with Lyle Cole started L & E Machine some 40 years ago in a small block building on South Broadway in Green Bay. Since then the business has flourished and will it's name will live on according to Justin Sobieck poised to take over the Oneida engine rebuilding business.
Sobieck a long time employee of The Expera Paper Mill in De Pere decided over the past few months "I am not willing to let the L&E name die out when Earl retires". Sobieck who has limited experience in the engine rebuilding business is hoping to learn as much as he can from his Uncle Earl before he retires. Earl Poquette Jr. is already 65 but is staying on until he reaches full retirement age. Poquette has not yet set the date for his final day of work but it is coming soon.
Earl Poquette Jr. along with Lyle Cole quit working for Libert Machine a well known engine rebuilding business in green bay over 40 years ago and started L & E Machine in a small building on South Broadway across the street from the now defunct Diana Paper Mill. Business was so scarce Poquette recalls that they also performed blueing of guns in the shop, something left over from the previous tenant that Poquette and Cole took over to augment their engine rebuilding business. After the first year they dropped the blueing business and concentrated on the engine business that started to take off. Soon the pair purchased a former dog kennel across from the fair grounds in De Pere and expanded, adding a crankshaft grinder and some new machines. Cole later dropped out of the business and Poquette bought out his share. It was about the same time that the present location on West Mason became available and the L & E business was moved to that location. The shop was much bigger than Poquette needed and along with his brother Sam and sometimes with the help of another brother Dick Poquette the business began to repair automobiles. Work was plentiful but the need for insurance for the brothers was too much for the fledgling auto repair business and the brothers found work elsewhere where they could get insurance. Poquette went on along for many years alone until Dick Poquette who was fixing cars in his garage at home decided to expand and purchased the property from Earl moving him into a new addition on the south side of the building, as it is today.
Sobieck plans to learn the engine business from Earl and expand as much as he can as well as sell off some of the obsolete parts stock that accumulated over the years at the shop. Sobieck would like to take the shop back to the glory of the early days when work was plentiful and business was booming.
DATE SET FOR POQUETTE GOLF OUTING
The Poquette Family Golf Outing this year will be held on August 22 at Mid Vallee Golf Course at 3850 Mid Valley Drive De Pere. No after party has yet been organized and no one has yet stepped forward to host such a party. As before, the game is best ball and no prizes will be given out, an acknowledgement of the winner published here on The Newsletter will be the only reward. A link will appear at the bottom of this page soon to sign up for the event.
The News for Sunday July 26, 2015